West Texas Teardrops: Incident In Odessa

Ed. Note: This past weekend, Houston alternative/screamo rockers The Last Place You Look opened for Unwritten Law in Lubbock, Odessa, and Austin, and invited Rocks Off's Matthew Keever along. Here is Part 1.

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The Last Place You Look's Justin Nava at Emo's in Austin
Rocks Off didn't expect much while on tour.

We were prepared to sleep in a van; to go the entire weekend without a shower; to pee, defecate and eat at gas stations when we had time. But it didn't work out quite like that. In fact, we ended up more pampered on the road than we are in our own homes.

Friday night was spent with a high school friend and bandmate of drummer Mikey Garcia's. He took us into his home after hanging out with us at the show (and at the after party), and his wife even cooked us all breakfast in the morning.

We couldn't have asked for anything more... even though vocalist and songwriter Justin Nava ate all the biscuits, leaving none for us.

After introducing us to their pet snake Priscilla, who refused to give any of us kisses, we all went our separate ways. They went to work, and we began the (relatively) short drive to Odessa.

Having never been to Odessa, we weren't sure what to expect. And we still aren't sure if the bar/venue/restaurant that played host to the show was a good representation of the city. It was a hodgepodge of distinctly different buildings - some looked like barns, others corrals, and there was even a bull pen of sorts.

Remember when you were young, and your parents bought you that complicated Lego set? You tried to assemble without reading the instructions, only to come up with something so unsightly that only its creator, you, could love it.

That's what this place looked like - as if it had been cobbled together without much foresight, only for its creator to say, "It works, doesn't it?"

In its own way, it was actually somewhat charming.


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Janna Liliya
Janna Liliya

We recently visited Odessa on a short vacation. Before going I contacted http://www.privatetoursinistan... in the Ukraine and was pleasantly surprised by the standard and quality of the guide and the tour. Our guide had sooo much knowledge that it was almost overwhelming. The car that was hired was clean and the driver was extremely professional. The company had worked with me getting the tour and price together before we arrived so all was done when we arrived. It gave us a really good feel about Odessa, understanding of the history, and wanting to return in the near future. Thank you for this service.

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